Tag Archives: Around Town

Quit sleepin’ on our “nasty boys”: Philly’s CERAMIC ANIMAL breaking out in 2018

Source: Rock On Philly

Photo courtesy of Andrew Herman

Those who follow the Philly music scene closely have probably heard of Doylestown psych rock outfit Ceramic Animal. And soon…very soon… so will everyone else.

For a few years now the suit-clad foursome known as Ceramic Animal has been kicking around Philly and New York City. These self-proclaimed “couple a nasty boys” look anything but–in their signature matching three-piece-suits-and-ties. But it’s far from a gimmick. From where I sit these guys just might have what it takes.

Here is why I’m betting on these boys to have a breakout 2018:

They are polished, and ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Mike Matteson Rocks Out With “The Bump”

Source: Rock On Philly

Philadelphia rocker Mike Matteson is back with his new lyric video for his latest single, “The Bump”. Matteson is part of the a recent group of signees to Drexel University’s esteemed campus label, Mad Dragon Music Group. This psychedelic new video comes ahead of Matteson’s forthcoming Chocolate Milk EP, which is slated for release this upcoming Friday, February 16th.

Give the video a view below! If you like what you hear, you can catch Mike live at William Street Common on Sunday, February 18th, and at an in-store at Repo Records on Wednesday, February 21st.

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Vinnie Paolizzi Celebrates New EP With A Thanksgiving Eve Show

Source: Rock On Philly

West Chester singer/songwriter, Vinnie Paolizzi, is dedicated to his craft, having played over 250 shows in the past two years throughout the Philadelphia region.

Tonight on Thanksgiving Eve, Paolizzi will perform an EP release show in his hometown of West Chester at Boxcar Brewpub, located at 142 E. Market Street.

“I am from West Chester and I have been trying to plan a big show there for years but haven’t been able to get the venue and timing right. The night before Thanksgiving is a huge night out in town and Boxcar has an amazing stage so I ...

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Thrice This Saturday!

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Veteran alt-rockers Thrice will be performing at the Electric Factory this Saturday, November 25, along with Circa Survive, CHON, and Balance & Composure.

 

We have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky winner!

 

Comment below with why you want to go to enter!

 

This contest is open from now until Thursday, November 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Fit For A King Play Voltage Lounge This Tuesday!

Source: Rock On Philly

Christian metalcore outfit Fit For A King will be heading to Voltage Lounge this Tuesday, November 21, along with In Hearts Wake, Like Moths To Flames and Phinehas. The Texas-based band released their most recent album, Deathgrip, last year. Inspired by the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan in Paris, where Fit For A King was meant to play a show only four days after, Deathgrip centers on the toll death and devastation has in our world today.  

We spoke with Fit For A King before they make their trip to Philly this week- read our interview with ...

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Rent Party Shines With “New”

Source: Rock On Philly

Rent Party may be recent Philly transplants, but they certainly aren’t waiting to be discovered. With a slew of local shows already under their belt, and a ubiquitous marketing strategy (it’s impossible to walk around West Philly without seeing one of their bumper stickers hanging around), the Silver Spring, MD natives haven’t wasted any time introducing themselves to the city. This weekend, Rent Party dropped “New”, their latest single; if you haven’t heard from this band yet, now’s certainly the time to check in.

“New” is a welcome offering chock full of dense, tightly-driven guitar lines that intermingle throughout the ...

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Mount Holly Returns to Milkboy Philly to Play New Material

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Photo credit to Jacopo Lorenzini

Fans of the blues rock band Mount Holly can finally hear material from the band’s upcoming debut record Stride by Stride when they return to Milkboy Philly this Saturday!

“It’s been a long journey to here,” guitarist Nick Perri says regarding their latest “Off The Record” tour and album. “[Stride by Stride is a] record filled with soul and great songs. I think it’s among the best work of my career to date. It’s honest and it rocks and it has depth and some deeper layers then I think people are expecting from a rock ...

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Best Weekend Ever: The Districts, Roger Waters, Valley Queen

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Featured photo by Sarah Rudderow.

Best Weekend Ever: The Districts, Roger Waters, Valley Queen

 

Thursday 8/10:

R&B singer-songwriter August Alsina is performing tonight at the TLA. He’s come a long way from his New Orleans start, with huge collaborations with Trinidad James and Nicki Minaj. Tickets are available here.

 

Friday 8/11:

Due to popular demand, Khalid‘s sold out show at the TLA has been moved to The Fillmore to allow more fans to get in to the show. His debut album American Teen was released this past March and it is on fire, charting anywhere and everywhere. Resale tickets are available here.

 

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Best Weekend Ever: Belle and Sebastian, Joshua Radin, Goo Goo Dolls

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image by Brittany Salerno.

 

Feel like summer is passing you by? Don’t live with FOMO this August and check out the following shows coming to Philly. There’s still time to make this your weekend to remember of summer 2017.

 

Best Weekend Ever: Belle and Sebastian, Joshua Radin, Goo Goo Dolls

 

 

Thursday 8/3:

Philly band Pine Barons is celebrating their record release with a show at PhilaMOCA. They will be debuting their second album The Acchin Book, released on Friday, August 4th. You can pre-order the album here. Tickets for the release show can be purchased here.

 

Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian are coming ...

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Win tickets to Belle & Sebastian at the Mann Center!

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Scottish rockers Belle & Sebastian are teaming with Andrew Bird for a show at The Mann Center on Thursday, August 3rd.

 

Want to go? We’ve got tickets to giveaway to a few lucky fans.

 

You can enter in two ways:

  1. Comment below with why you want to go.
  2. Tag a friend you want to bring in our Instagram post for the giveaway here.

This contest is open from now until Wednesday, August 2nd at 5 p.m. EST.

 

Good luck!

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Best Weekend Ever: Wilco, Diana Ross, Queen

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo by Juliane McCue

 

July is already coming to a close, and the summer will rush past you if you don’t make the most of the shows coming by. It’ll be a rainy weekend, but that won’t keep the artists away and not for true fans neither. Grab a stylish poncho and head out with confidence!

Best Weekend Ever: Wilco, Diana Ross, Queen

Thursday 7/27:

This is Hardcore Fest is back at Union Transfer for night one, and single day tickets are sold out as usual. This year’s lineup includes Ramallah, Madball, Terror, Death Threat, and more. If you want to get ...

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Best Weekend Ever: John Mellencamp, Mitski, and More!

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Featured image by Derek Brad

 

If you’re still catching up to the week with the holiday weekend behind us, here’s a list of shows this weekend to make it easier for you.

Best Weekend Ever: John Mellencamp, Mitski, and More!

 

Thursday 7/6:

Come out to The Mann to see John Mellencamp perform your favorite folk rock tunes. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies released in April contains many duets with Carlene Carter that are perfectly listened to around a bonfire. Tickets are available here.

 

Friday 7/7:

The coolest indie rocker Mitski is perfroming at Union Transfer. Her albums received continuous praise and she sells out pretty ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Classic Rock and Newcomers!

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Featured photo by Samantha Sweeney

 

It’s holiday weekend! Plan your perfect weekend with culture and good music!

 

 

Thursday 6/29:

As part of Wawa’s Welcome America celebration, The National Constitution Center is admitting visitors for free from 9:30am to 8pm. After a walk through the exhibits, there’s plenty of time to head over to shows at night.

Best Weekend Ever: Classic Rock and Newcomers!

Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia

The Wooden Sky from Toronto is performing at Milkboy in Center City. The show was originally scheduled for May 10th but got moved to this Thursday. The indie folk band put out their album ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Diana Krall, Lady Antebellum, Boyz II Men

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Featured photo by Andrew Wick.

 

Many old time favorites are coming around this weekend. Check out who is coming and plan your best weekend ever!

 

Thursday 6/22:

 

Any given summer night is a night perfect for Dirty Heads and SOJA. Both of these bands regularly come back to Philly in the summer for a good time. Come to Festival Pier for a reggae fusion-filled night. Tickets for the outdoor show are available here.

 

FYI, the John Legend show originally scheduled for Thursday at BB&T Pavilion has been postponed to July 24th due to illness. ...

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Thrice Talk Touring, Technology Ahead of Festival Pier Show

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image courtesy of Jonathan Weiner

After a 2012 “farewell” tour and a hiatus that, thankfully, didn’t last too long, hardcore legends Thrice have been busy touring and promoting their comeback album, 2016’s To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. The four-piece is in the midst of a tour with fellow alt-rock staples Rise Against and Deftones, all of whom will be making a stop at Festival Pier this Saturday, June 17 (resale tickets available on Ticketmaster here).

Drummer Riley Breckenridge spoke with Rock On Philly in anticipation for the show, speaking about post-hiatus touring, the impact of ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Carrie Underwood, Sigur Ros, U2

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Featured photo by Jeff Johnson

 

This weekend isn’t going to have ideal weather but the outdoor shows must go on. Bring what you need to be comfortable for the outdoor shows, but make sure you read up on the venues’ policies on what you can and cannot bring in.

 

Best Weekend Ever: Carrie Underwood, Sigur Ros, U2

 

Thursday 6/15:

 

American Idol winner and country superstar Carrie Underwood is coming to The Fillmore. As one of the few Idols who still remain relevant, she performed at the Wells Fargo Center last time she was in town and totally rocked. The Fillmore will present a beautiful ...

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Best Weekend Ever: The Killers, Dawes, Girlpool

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo by Brittany Salerno

 

This weekend looks perfectly sunny and the temperature is going up again to make the outdoor shows and parties that much better! Check out our selection of shows with many options so you don’t have to look much further for an exciting weekend!

 

Best Weekend Ever: The Killers, Dawes, Girlpool

 

Thursday 6/8:

Bluesy rock singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys graces Philly with his performance at World Cafe Live. In April, he released his 15th solo album 14 Steps To Harlem and at 73 years old still manages to put out good music. His cover of his friend Lou Reed’s “ ...

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Artist to Watch: Z by Z

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Featured image courtesy of Ashley Gellman

They may be fairly new, but Z by Z is already on the up and up. Self described as “indie rock infused with groovy, Latin rhythms”, the Drexel-based six piece (Harrison Cohen on vocals/rhythm guitar, Sam Poll on drums, Cole Brightbill and Harrison Brietling on guitar, Austin Anderson on bass, and Craig VanRemoortel on trombone, trumpet, and saxophone) is a welcome new addition to the Philly music community. Z by Z’s powerfully confident debut EP Tease offers three songs of no-holds-barred pop music, which is quite the statement coming from a scene often overrun ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Roots Picnic 2017, Iron Maiden, Levee Drivers, and More Kick Off June

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Featured Image of Black Thought of The Roots by Crillmatic

This concert season is heating up! From energetic small shows to insane, Philly-approved fests, kick off June right with our picks for your Best Weekend Ever.

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Thursday, 6/1

Philly-based vocal ensemble Variant 6 and multi-instrumentalist/composer Andrew Lipke team up for what is sure to be an amazing musical journey at the Neighborhood House at Christ Church in Old City. The show will explore music from other lands and composers, culminating in Lipke’s world premiere of “Kamala.” Get more info and tickets here.

Kentucky boys White ...

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The Wild Now Bring Their Dreamy Pop Sound to Philly 5/31!

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Now that Memorial Day festivities are over, the summer season has officially begun. What better way to start the season than with some dreamy indie pop sounds, courtesy of The Wild Now?

The Wild Now is an Austin, TX based duo consisting of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker.  The band just released their second EP, Afterglow, on May 19th at SXSW. Driving synths and jungle disco-esque guitar work build on the band’s previous dreamy, island indie pop sound to create a diverse collection of songs that one can listen to on the beach or at a rave.

Vocalist ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Sylvan Esso, Emarosa, Perfume Genius

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Featured photo by Timbur Media.

 

The weather is finally going to be nice on the weekend for a change. Make your weekend ROCK with one or more of these shows!

 

Thursday 5/18:

Emarosa played on in 100 degree weather at Vans Warped Tour in Camden last summer. They’re up for a hot round 2 at Voltage Lounge. Their shows are selling out as they approach each city, so grab your tickets fast. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Have you heard “Slip Away” by Perfume Genius yet? If not, go take a listen. He will be performing ...

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Drexel University’s Night of the Arts!

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo courtesy of Rebecca Oswald

Drexel University’s Entertainment & Arts Society will be presenting their annual Night of the Arts at Drexel’s URBN Annex (3401 Filbert Street) this Friday, May 19. Starting at 4pm, the six-and-a-half hour event will be home to dozens of music, theater, and dance performances in addition to artwork displays, student film screenings, raffles, and of course complimentary refreshments. The night will conclude with performances from some of the most-talked about Philly bands as of late, with sets from TIOGA, Grayling, Henri Tyler, and Blueroom.
Tickets are available in advance on ...

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Revisiting the Summer of Love: Upcoming Concerts That Celebrate the Spirit of 1967

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It’s been 50 years since 1967 and the “Summer of Love” – a moment in history where peace, love, and freedom inspired positive grassroots change. You could even argue that one could split the 20th century into two eras: before 1967 and after 1967, the latter indicating the beginning of the sexual revolution, women’s rights movement, and aftermath of the civil rights movement. The 60’s didn’t really become the 60’s until 1967.

Experimental music flourished during this period, with “flower power” psychedelia in full swing. Iconic albums like The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Take Your Mom Out!

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo of The 1975 by Ruby Mora.

 

It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! Make sure to be nice to your mothers and make choices they would approve of as you go out and enjoy yourself!

Best Weekend Ever: Take Your Mom Out!

 

Thursday 5/11:

 

 

Pond from Australia are bringing to Johnny Brenda’s, and the show is sold out. The psychedelic band is selling out shows across the country. Their latest album The Weather was released last week through Marathon Artists, with tremendous reviews. Enjoy the show, ticket holders!

 

Alex Napping will be performing at PhilaMOCA on Thursday night. The pop quartet formed in ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Bishop Briggs, Esperanza Spalding, and More!

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo by Jessica Earnshaw

 

Staying dry is overrated. Just be prepared as you head out into the wet weekend ahead when you’re making your way to shows. Keep in mind that some venues have strict rules against what size umbrellas you can bring  in, if any at all.

 

Best Weekend Ever: Bishop Briggs, Esperanza Spalding, and More!

Thursday 5/4:

Holy Golden‘s dream-pop will brighten up this Thursday night at Milkboy. The duo, consisting of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti, will bring about fantasy and creative imaginations. Get tickets online or at the door.

 

Friday 5/5:

Jazz genius and bassist Esperanza Spalding is performing at ...

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